Van den Bergh 93

Curtains of gas and dust dramatically open here to reveal the inner region of this starforming region. Unceremoniously named, bright star SAO 152320 shines with intense light in the center of this field. Clouds of gas glow strongly and dust shrinks quickly under its radiative prowess. This vista lies some 4,000 light years away towards the constellation of Monoceros. This is a portion of a much larger nebula called Gum 1.
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Image taken with 20in RC Optical Systems Telescope at f/5.5
SBIG ST10XE CCD camera with color filter wheel

L R G B color production was used to create this image.

Luminance = 100 minutes binned 1x1
Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2
Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2
Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

  • Data taken on two different nights. Color data courtesy of Fred Calvert.
  • Minimum credit line: Bill Uminski and Cyndi Kristopeit/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

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    Updated: 01/07/2005